My first graphic novel of 2015 and it is a stellar one. Bastian has created a truly unique story with an utterly absorbing visual element. This hard bound volume collects all of the stories from the first three issues of the series along with some wonderful pin ups and a magnificent fold out poster.
Our story opens in Port Elizabeth in Jamaica, 1728 . The first characters we meet in this crowded port town are Governor Maygun and his young daughter Apollonia. While waiting for her father little Apollonia witness a confrontation between the Cursed Pirate Girl and some neighborhood thugs. Inspired by her interactions with CPG Apollonia engages with her own inner pirate, causing a tremendous row at the Governors dinner.
The Governor is so enraged and embarrassed by Apollonia’s actions, he orders CPG to be killed and proof of death be returned to him. The murderer succeeds in removing the young girls eye and sending it back to the governor but a helpful parrot saves CPG’s life and sets her on her destined path: to find her father amidst a group of vicious Pirate Captains.
This book combines elements of Alice in Wonderland with a dash of gothic Horror. One of the most unique and interesting set of adventures I’ve read in a long time.